Known Had I


Known had I what I knew not

When we met eye to eye,

That thenceforth I should view not

Again beneath the sky

So truefooted a faret

As you who faced me then,

My path had been a rarer

Than it figures among men!

I would have trod beside you

To guard your feet all day,

And borne at night to guide you

A lantern on your way:

Would not have left you lonely

With wringing doubt, to cow

Old hope, if I could only

Have known what I know now.

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